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Church on the Hill

Children's Pastor

McMinnville, Oregon



Weekly Attendance: 930

Denomination: Church of the Nazarene

The Neighborhood: McMinnville, Oregon

The Role: The overall goal of the Children’s Pastor is to interpret the vision of Church on the Hill -- to help people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Play a Role in God’s Story -- into the life of our children and their parents.

COTH_DRONE-RETOUCHED (1)Meet Church on the Hill:

Church on the Hill began on  March 26, 1911 and met at various locations until 1981.   In 1981, Church on the Hill broke ground and moved to its current location at 700 N. Hill Road.  In 1999, Pastor Jerry Moen became the Lead Pastor and served for 17 years.

In these years, Church on the Hill remodeled the lower level classroom spaces, constructed a state-of-the-art Children’s Wing, and built Scotty’s Playhouse (an indoor children’s play structure).

Today, Church on the Hill is led by Pastor Dave Anderson, who was hired as the Lead Pastor in July 2017. Since then, Church on the Hill has implemented a new vision, eliminated all financial debt, purchased 5 acres of adjacent land with cash, and made various facility upgrades.  The people of Church on the Hill are excited to work together in expanding God’s kingdom in in our city and county.



About the Children's Pastor:

The overall goal of the Children’s Pastor is to interpret the vision of Church on the Hill -- to help people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Play a Role in God’s Story -- into the life of our children and their parents.

The Children’s Pastor will serve as the leader of our Children’s Ministry team, which ministers to families with children from birth to fifth grade.

The Children's Pastor will:

  • Lead Church on the Hill in helping parents spiritually form their children.

  • Oversee Kids’ Church and Kids’ Ministries (including Scotty’s Playhouse).

  • Provide mentoring, support, and leadership to our Early Childhood Director, Discovery Zone Director, and volunteers who have a passion to help children reach their God-given potential.

  • Interface with our LifeTrack Director to unleash people who have a passion for Kids’ Ministry and to help them live out their passion.

  • Create ways (including “fun” ways) in which Church on the Hill can help children learn what it means to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Play a Role in God’s Story. 

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What you bring:


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as teaching, education, Youth Ministry, Bible, or similar. A seminary degree is not required but is a great bonus.


The ideal candidate will have five to ten years of experience in a ministry role or a role working with children or youth.

Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate might look like:

  • Someone who wants to go on an interesting, adventurous, but sometimes hazardous journey.

  • Someone who is willing to die to self and who is willing to sacrifice and to suffer for the sake and benefit of children and parents in order to help them know God, find freedom, discover their God-purpose, and play their role in God’s story.

  • Someone who embraces a team-based ministry experience, i.e., who wants to be a part of a team and wants to develop a team.   

  • Someone who wants to experience joy, peace, spiritual growth, leadership development, fun, creativity, and out-of-the box thinking.

21430601_10154901088198587_5268869089423639514_nWhat it’s like to live in McMinnville, Oregon:

Located in the heart of the agriculturally-rich Willamette Valley, McMinnville is surrounded by hills lined with vineyards. Hazelnut orchards and grass seed fields spread across the Willamette Valley while Mt. Hood rises in the distance. McMinnville is a small, historic town with big city amenities that's an easy drive from Portland, the coast, mountain ranges, and Oregon's capital, Salem.

A warm, inviting, and genuine friendly atmosphere is what you’ll find in McMinnville, Oregon. Whether it’s the nostalgic feeling of walking below the majestic maple trees lining the historic downtown shopping district, or enjoying a delicious cuisine from an award winning restaurant, you’re sure to experience the warmth and friendliness in McMinnville. Dining at an award-winning farm-to-table restaurants, shopping, and McMinnville hotels and lodging experiences as uniquely welcoming as the town itself are just a few of the adventures you can tackle in a weekend or a week.

The historic downtown area is the heart of the city and is “Oregon’s Favorite Main Street,” also known as Third Street. Downtown McMinnville is a stroll worthy stop with its tree-lined streets anchored by quaint boutiques, cool coffeehouses, and kitschy antique shops, and a tasty mix of award-winning restaurants. Voted among the best main streets in America, the downtown core hosts a variety of events and community celebrations from the annual UFO Festival and Turkey Rama to a weekly farmer’s market.

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